Last Monday, 13 Club members attended the Westmead Institute of Medical Research (WIMR) for a site visit and education session organised by Vocational Director Edwina. WIMR was established in 1996 and is one of the largest medical research institutes in Australia conducting collaborative research across eye and brain related disorders, heart and respiratory disorders, liver and metabolic diseases, cancer and immune and infectious diseases. We had the pleasure of listening to Professor Anthony Harris talk about the important work being undertaken in mental health research by the Brain Dynamics Centre, as well as touring the Scientific Platforms area with Dr Maggie Wang and seeing some of the cutting-edge technology used at the institute. A big thank to Hilary May Black and Edwina for facilitating this highly informative session – we hope to come back again to keep up to date with further research developments and to learn more about the translation of research into clinical practice to enhance better health outcomes.
A big congratulations to Erin Faulkner the outgoing President of the Hills Rotaract Club, who handed over the reins to incoming President, Joel Devlin at their Club’s Changeover last Saturday night. This incredibly active and enthusiastic band of Rotaractors welcomed myself and Lucy-Jade Folkard to this event, and together with PDG Lindsay May and other Rotarians from their sponsor Clubs, we had a great night celebrating the Club’s past achievements and plans for the coming year.
Before attending this event, I’d linked into my first District President’s meeting on Saturday morning, where DG Mina Howard had all new Club Presidents online as we embrace the new Rotary year. Much of what Mina covered in this zoom meeting will come up when we welcome her to our Club on Monday 8 August. Mina is on a whirlwind tour across all Clubs in the District as she checks in on clubs and shares her vision for the year ahead. To add a little fun and festivity to her visit to us, the Social Committee and PRT are helping to organise the night as a winter Christmas themed night, where you and your partner are encouraged to come decked in holly and dressed in red and green, and Frank accommodating us by serving a Christmas roast and plum pudding – yum yum! So please add this to your diary as it will be a lovely event to celebrate as we show Mina what an amazing club is West Pennant Hills & Cherrybrook!!
Many thanks to the 25 Club members who completed the 2022 Club membership survey. This gives us a very sound response rate of 65% to work from as we pull together your feedback on the overall health and functionality of our club. Carol as Membership Director is currently working on the data analysis, with the results to be provided back to members next Monday 1 August at the online Club Forum. For newer club members, Club Forums are an important activity held two-three times a year in order to provide opportunities for Club members to have their say and for Board to listen, take stock and incorporate this feedback into the action plans that guide and drive Club activities.
To finish up, I’d like to remind members and partners that we’ll be celebrating National Tree Dayon Sunday 31 August, and doing our part for the environment by planting a tree/shrub in the Rotary Garden at the RFS/Girl Guides precinct. We’d love to see you down there at 9.30am after which we’ll have some morning tea and check out the new Rotary sign and wooden stairs at the Guide Hall that the Community Services guys worked on a few weeks ago.
Until then, take care and stay COVID safe in the week ahead. Janelle
A Queen Bee in Sydney. Credit Anon
Blue-banded bee in Sydney. Credit ABC & glanzpunkt
*A young couple had neighbours who were senior citizens, the husband around 80 years old & the wife about 75 years.* *The young couple were very fond of the elderly couple & made it a point to visit them & have coffee with them every Sunday.* *They observed that the old man would always ask the old lady to make coffee & the old lady would bring the coffee bottle to her husband to be opened, every time.* *The thoughtful young man gifted the old man with a coffee maker & the lady a gadget, to easily open the bottle, & showed them how to use it.* *On their next visit, the old man again asked the old lady to make coffee & the lady once again brought the bottle for her husband to open!* *The young couple was amazed! Had they forgotten about the coffee maker & the gadget?* *When the opportunity arose to be alone with the old lady & the man they quizzed them about this. And their reply made them speechless.....*. *He said, ''Oh yes! I can use the coffee maker & make the coffee myself even without the coffee maker, but I don’t, because I want her to feel I am dependent on her in my life. She still has skills I have not learnt & she is very important for my survival & togetherness is the main ingredient of our marriage.* *While she said: "Oh! I can open the bottle myself, even without your gadget! But I get him to open it so he feels he is still stronger than I am & thus the man of our home & that he remains useful to me as always, that I still depend on him; that togetherness is the main ingredient of any marriage.* *We don't have many more years of life in us, & togetherness is of utmost importance!"*
Crypto Currency in Layman’s Terms contributed by Jim
Not long ago a merchant found a lot of monkeys that lived near a certain village. One day he came to the village saying he wanted to buy these monkeys ! He announced that he would buy the monkeys at $100 each.
The villagers thought that this man must be crazy - how can somebody buy stray monkeys at $100 each? Still some people caught some monkeys and gave it to this merchant and he gave $100 for each monkey. This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold them to the merchant.
After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys at $200 each. The lazy villagers also ran around to catch the remaining monkeys! They sold the remaining monkeys at $200 each.
The merchant then announced that he will buy monkeys for $500 each! The villagers start to lose sleep!.....They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got $500 each. The villagers were waiting anxiously for the next announcement.
Then the merchant announced that he is going on Holiday for a week, but when he returns, he will buy monkeys at $1000 each! He also said that his employee will be in charge, and would take care of the monkeys he bought pending his return. The merchant went on holiday!
The villagers were frantic and very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell it at $1000 each as was promised by the Merchant. Then the merchant’s employee contacted them and told them that he would secretly sell them some monkeys at $700 each. The news spread like wildfire. As the merchant promised on his return that he would buy monkeys at $1000 each, they would achieve a $300 profit for each monkey.
The next day the villagers queued up near the Monkey Cage. The employee sold all the monkeys at $700 each. The rich bought monkeys in large lots. The poor borrowed money from money lenders and bought the rest of the monkeys. The villagers took care of their monkeys and waited for the merchant to return. However nobody came ! ..... Then they ran to find the employee ....However he was not to be found. The villagers then realised that they had been duped buying the useless stray monkeys at $700 each, and were now unable to sell them.
This Monkey Business is now known as Bitcoin! It will make a-lot of people bankrupt and a very few people filthy rich in this kind of Monkey Business.
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at Springfield House Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 245 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm